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Grub Identification & Prevention | Westfall's Lawn Care and Pest Control

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What You Need To Know About Grubs

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Grubs are lawn pests that live below the soil. Most homeowners only realize they have a problem with grubs once they notice their damage. Learn about grubs and how to prevent them with the help of Westfall's Lawn and Pest and our grub treatments for lawns.

Frequently Asked Questions About Grubs

What are grubs?

Grubs are the larvae of beetles. We can easily identify grubs by their plump white or cream-colored bodies, brown heads, and "C"-shape. They are most active in the spring and summer, and their presence quickly causes damage to our Bradenton, Florida, lawns.

Are grubs dangerous?

Grubs are destructive pests; left to their own devices, they can destroy our lawns. Guarding your lawn against grubs is essential to help keep it healthy and green.

Grubs live just underneath the soil and feed on the root systems of grass and other plants. If your lawn suddenly has patches of brown or wilted grass, and you don't think it is because of drought conditions, the likely culprit is grubs.

Many wild animals love to feed on plump grubs. To get to the grubs in your lawn, wildlife will dig up your grass. This damages your lawn even further and causes unsightly holes.

Why do I have a grub problem?

When it comes to grubs, the unfortunate truth is that the healthier your lawn is, the more attractive it is to these pests. Lawns with moist, easy-to-dig soil are the perfect environment for grubs to thrive. Healthy plants and grass provide grubs with the nutrition necessary to complete their life cycles and develop into large, difficult-to-control populations. 

Where will I find grubs?

The largest populations of grubs are in large, grassy, open spaces. Our Bradenton yards, parks, golf courses, and athletic fields regularly become infested with these pests.

Signs that grubs have taken over your yard include:

  • Yellowing grass
  • Brown, patchy grass 
  • A yard that feels spongy as you walk across it
  • Birds, skunks, and other types of wildlife have become regular visitors and are digging up your lawn

Because grubs damage the lawn's root system, it makes it easy for you to "peel" back a piece of your lawn to check for grubs. If you spot white, "C"-shaped grubs in your yard, don't hesitate to contact a professional for assistance.

How do I get rid of grubs?

If grubs take over your yard, our team is here to help you remove these destructive pests. Controlling grubs and eliminating their presence in your yard will help prevent attracting dangerous wildlife to your property. For the best grub control in Bradenton, turn to the experts at Westfall's Lawn and Pest. Don't share your lawn with grubs for a day longer than necessary; reach out today so we can help you rid your lawn of these unwanted, destructive pests.

How can I prevent grubs in the future?

Grubs are tricky pests to prevent. Proactively partnering with a professional to implement regular pest control services is the best way to avoid issues with grubs. As a homeowner, one of the best steps you can take to prevent problems with grubs is not to overwater your lawn. Grubs have high moisture needs and need continuous access to moisture to survive. Another preventative step you can take is to mow your lawn a little higher than you usually would. Adult beetles don't like laying their eggs in areas of tall grass.

If you are ready to prevent problems with grubs, reach out to us at Westfall's Lawn and Pest today; we are here to help you with your Bradenton pest control needs.

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